Edinburgh's Filmhouse unveils plans for a new landmark film and screen hub
- Deborah Chu
- 11 March 2020
The proposed development on Festival Square to feature state-of-the-art tech, new facilities and bolster support for the Edinburgh International Film Festival
Filmhouse have announced bold plans for a new building on Festival Square, with the aim of significantly improving upon their current home's facilities and fostering the city's film and screen culture. Designed by Edinburgh-based firm Richard Murphy Architects, the planned building will add an additional six screens to Filmhouse's roster and feature state-of-the-art technology, allowing Filmhouse to continue screening films on all formats, and house the cinema's award-winning Café Bar. The landmark structure has promised to be fully accessible to all and carbon neutral, and will also boast dedicated education centres, a restaurant and rooftop event space.
The new building will also have significant benefits to the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the 20 other film festivals which have their base at Filmhouse. The additional screens will not only allow for larger, more vibrant programming, but a brand new Festival Centre will provide year-round support to these festivals and cinema events. Moreover, a Cultural Industries Hub will provide a flexible workspace to encourage projects and talent in the Scottish screen sector.
The current oculus design reflects the 'eye of the world' on Edinburgh, brought upon by its vibrant cultural scene and dynamic year-round festival roster. The design, however, is still under development, with three public consultation events (Sun 29 Mar, Wed 1 Apr and Tue 28 Apr) to be run by Filmhouse, Richard Murphy Architects and property consultants Montagu Evans. These consultations will take place from 10am to 7pm, and will be open to anyone wishing to learn more about the project or to deliver feedback. There will also be two Filmhouse Members' Events on Sun 29 Mar and Mon 6 Apr.